Chair of the Labour Group
Graham is a member of the Development Control Committee and the Corporate Select Committee
Latest Update from Cllr Graham Oakley
We have begun the restoration of Whitfield Rec. The new children’s play equipment was just the start. As Covid restrictions ease, I want to support the creation of a group, The Friends of Whitfield Rec. This would put our park at the heart of the community, organising events, applying for grants and working with agencies to provide more facilities, such as fitness equipment.
I also want to assist People of Whitfield to make the Youth Centre [Vibes] a hub to support the community – a food club, a drop in cafe, sport and fitness activities for all ages, access to support from The Bureau and CAB etc.
Whitfield needs and deserves these publicly-owned facilities to be fully utilised for the public good.
I have lived in Whitfield for over 20 years. I have represented the ward on High Peak Borough Council for the last 12 years. During that time I have maintained close contact with residents, attending monthly surgeries in the market arcade and holding nearly 150 street surgeries. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a councillor is being able to help people with a range of issues. Some are solved with a single phone call, others take months of meetings and emails.
I have helped local groups with small grants and supported Whitfield’s new resident’s organisation, People of Whitfield, as they embark on a project to create a new play area on the Rec and put on free events for families. It has been encouraging to see the greater use of Pure Vibes on Ebenezer Street. We must ensure that this facility and the recreation ground continue to be the hub of our community.